Sopwith TV Brings 2nd Season of Rally North America to MavTV

Rally North America returns to MavTV this winter for its second season on the motorsports network. Rally North America is an automotive travel company that organizes an automotive scavenger hunt style rally event and an automotive driving tour, both focused on driving for a cause. Rally North America events have raised over one million dollars for charity since the first event in 2009. The 2019 rally begins July 8 in Erie, PA and travels east through the New England states, stopping at historical and tourist sites along the route before ending in Maine on July 11. Eighty-five teams will compete for the 2019 title. Nearly Read More

Cox Returns to Modified Racing After Two Decade Absence

. A new face will join the the Pro-4 Modified Series at New Hampshire’s Hudson International Speedway on July 21st for the Jim Darlington Memorial when Indianapolis racer Stephen Cox attempts to qualify for the event. The Hoosier veteran will wheel the black 104+ Performance Octane Boost #21 modified of long time team owner Dan Meservey, Sr. on Hudson’s 12-degree banking. The Pro-4 Modified organization opened competition in 1978 and has since become New England’s premier touring series for four-cylinder, lightweight open wheel cars. Hudson International Speedway’s quarter-mile bullring opened in 1946 Cox’s last win in open wheel modifieds came Read More

1980’s SHOWDOWN: Pontiac Fiero vs Toyota MR2

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Porsche Legend: The Penske L&M Porsche That Made Racing History” The 1970’s and 80’s were chock full of those wonderful, wedge-shaped sports cars such as the Triumph TR7, Fiat X1/9 and more. But in the American sales market, two models stood head and shoulders above the rest; Pontiac’s Fiero and the MR2 from Toyota. I must admit that I love these cars. After spending considerable time in them, I came away quite impressed. Our photos will show several different models but for the purposes of this comparison, we will single out the 1987 Read More

Cox and WMRacing Charge From Back of Pack to Podium Finish

. Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox scored the 66th podium of his career last weekend when his team came from ten laps down to finish third in the Champcar Endurance Series Class A event at NCM Motorsports Park in Kentucky. Plagued with fuel line problems during the opening laps of Saturday’s 8-hour sports car event, the STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer/104+ Performance/WMRacing Mazda MX-5 was the fastest car in the Class A field although it appeared to drop out of contention early in the race. “Justin Ford laid down some great laps in the first two hours but had to make three unscheduled Read More

Cox Picked Up By WMR 11 Days Prior to Race

. From Global Media (Photos by Erin Castellaw and Nelson Skinner) – Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox has landed a new ride after his original team withdrew their entry from next week’s TireRack.com Champcar Enduro at NCM Motorsports Park in Kentucky. Just hours later Cox had a verbal agreement on a two-race deal with WMRacing that was finalized yesterday. WMRacing is an experienced Pro-Am sportscar team near Nashville, TN specializing in endurance races and Trans-Am competition. Their aero-converted 104+ Octane Boost #755 Mazda MX-5 is fresh off an endurance racing class win at Road Atlanta. The team also recently scored Read More

Cox to Race With Tallahassee’s Momo Champ Team in June

For immediate release May 13, 2019 Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox will return to road racing next month as part of the Momo Champ sportscar endurance racing team. With support from STA-BIL Brand Fuel Stabilizer and 104+ Octane Boost, the two-race agreement puts Cox behind the wheel at NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky on June 14-16. Cox, a former GT Challenge Series champion and current track record holder at Gingerman Raceway, is making his first appearance at NCM’s 3.2-mile, 23-turn road course. It is also his first race with the TireRack.com Champcar Endurance Series after scoring three wins Read More

Rebuilding My Totally-Not-Collectible Mustang, Part 5

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Porsche Legend: The Penske L&M Porsche That Made Racing History” The first performance tests for my 1980 Ford Mustang “restomod” are complete and the early signs are very positive. Along with the 1974 and 1981 models, the 1980 Mustang is arguably the least desirable of any Ford pony car ever built and is certainly not worth the money and effort for a restoration. But the car has tremendous sentimental value for my family. I bought the car in early 1982 as the second owner. My wife and I dated in this car Read More

GREAT DRIVES: One Night at Texas World Speedway

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona” Al Unser, Sr. used a hotel lobby display car to win at Indianapolis in 1987. 46-year-old Juan Fangio broke and re-broke the Nurburgring lap record three times during his miracle Formula One victory in 1957. Every motorsport enthusiast can recite a list of the great driving performances in auto racing history. But many of the sport’s truly amazing drives will never be known, not because the feats were less dramatic but because they occurred at amateur events with anonymous drivers. Like this one. Sunday, Read More

“Racers, Save Your Hearing!” Said Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona” Larry Rice was one of the finest men in auto racing, but I never quite understood why he always wanted to drive my rental car. It was 1999 and Larry and I were co-hosting what then known as the Championship Off Road Racing series (CORR) on EPSN2 for racing announcer extraordinaire and motorsports entrepreneur Marty Reid. I was in awe of Larry. In addition to his twin USAC Silver Crown titles and USAC national midget championship, he had also won the co-Rookie of the Year Read More

Discovery in Indiana Attic Sheds New Light on Construction of Winchester Speedway

. The Stephen Cox Blog is presented by “Corvette Miracle: The 1970 24 Hours of Daytona”   Winchester Speedway’s web site advertises the track as the “world’s fastest half mile.” And now we know why. The recent discovery of a handwritten 1922 letter offers a few small clues as to how builder Frank Funk constructed a facility that still holds the world record for half mile tracks more than a century later. Frank Funk was a successful farmer who owned a home and a large tract of land just west of Winchester, Indiana on State Road 32. Part of this land Read More